gnus

gnu

[noo, nyoo]
noun, plural gnus (especially collectively) gnu.
either of two stocky, oxlike antelopes of the genus Connochaetes, the silver-gray, white-bearded C. taurinus of the eastern African plain and the black, white-tailed C. gnou of central South Africa: recently near extinction, the South African gnu is now protected.
Also called wildebeest.


Origin:
1770–80; < Khoikhoi, first recorded as t’gnu; probably to be identified with ǂnû black, as applying orig. to the black wildebeest

gnu, knew, new.
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gnu (nuː)
 
n , pl gnus, gnu
Also called: wildebeest either of two sturdy antelopes, Connochaetes taurinus (brindled gnu) or the much rarer C. gnou (white-tailed gnu), inhabiting the savannas of Africa, having an oxlike head and a long tufted tail
 
[C18: from Xhosa nqu]

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gnu
1777, from Du. gnoe, used by Ger. traveler Georg Forster (1754-1794) to render Hottentot i-ngu "wildebeest," from Southern Bushman !nu: (in which ! and : represent clicks).
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GNU

/gnoo/, _not_ /noo/
1. [acronym: `GNU's Not Unix!', see recursive acronym] A Unix-workalike development effort of the Free Software Foundation headed by Richard Stallman <>. GNU EMACS and the GNU C compiler, two tools designed for this project, have become very popular in hackerdom and elsewhere. The GNU project was designed partly to proselytize for RMS's position that information is community property and all software source should be shared. One of its slogans is "Help stamp out software hoarding!" Though this remains controversial (because it implicitly denies any right of designers to own, assign, and sell the results of their labors), many hackers who disagree with RMS have nevertheless cooperated to produce large amounts of high-quality software for free redistribution under the Free Software Foundation's imprimatur. The GNU project has a web page at `http://www.gnu.org'. See EMACS, copyleft, General Public Virus, Linux.
2. Noted Unix hacker John Gilmore <>, founder of Usenet's anarchic alt.* hierarchy.
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GNUS definition

tool, networking
GNU news.
A GNU Emacs subsystem for reading and sending Usenet news, written by Masanobu Umeda . You can use GNUS to browse through news groups, look at summaries of articles in a specific group, and read articles of interest. You can respond to authors or write articles or replies to all the readers of a news group.
GNUS can be configured to use the NNTP protocol to get news from a remove server or it can read it from local news spool files.
Usenet newsgorup: news:gnu.emacs.gnus.
(1995-05-04)
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